Katrina and the Waves

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Katrina and the Waves was the name of the band which won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom on 3rd May 1997.

They are an American/British band formed in 1981 in Cambridge, England, and were fronted by American singer Katrina Leskanich until she left the group in 1999. Their lead guitarist is Kimberley Rew, formerly of the Soft Boys.

Reacting to the group's Eurovision victory, with the song "Love Shine A Light", Katrina said it was the second landslide victory in a week -- Tony Blair had won the British general election two days previously.

In the United States, they had a hit single called Walking on Sunshine which is still played on most '80s radio stations.

Years after the original band split up, Katrina formed a new group in an attempt to repeat her Eurovision triumph for an entirely different country - they were participants in the 2005 Melodifestivalen, the competition to select Sweden's entry for the song contest. The group originally planned to claim the mantle of what had gone before by calling themselves Katrina and the New Wave, but the apparent displeasure of the original 'Waves' led to an abrupt name-change. Making no apparent effort to deflect attention from the dispute, the newly-dubbed Katrina and the Nameless failed to qualify directly from the fourth semi-final of the competition, and were eventually eliminated in a 'second-chance semi'.

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Preceded by:
Eimear Quinn
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1997
Succeeded by:
Dana International

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